2011 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

Here are the writing award winners for the 2011 Contest. They were announced at our 2011 conference held in Capital Reef National Park. A total of 26 written works were submitted.

The Judges

Writing judge for articles

Award-winning nature writer Mary Taylor Young has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She has published 13 books and hundreds of articles in periodicals such as Ladies Home Journal, Outside, and Wildlife Conservation. Mary writes from her home in Castle Rock, Colorado where she lives with her husband and daughter and many wild neighbors.

Writing judge for books and video

Russ Bromby was editor of Colorado Outdoors magazine and chief of communications for the Colorado Division of Wildlife during a 30-year career with the State of Colorado. A member and past president of RMOWP, Russ retired from the Division of Wildlife in 2002 and now works at what he chooses.

Best of Show

Writing – Book & Scripts for TV/Movie/Video: Robert Stone “Day Hikes Around Los Angeles” Day Hikes Books, March 2010)

Writing – Magazine Articles/Columns/Editorials: Wayne Turner “The Rusty Tackle Box and a Big Bass” Lightning Ridge Feb/Mar 2010 (Magazine article)

Category Awards


1st Andy Lightbody “Smokin’ & Cookin’ Recipes,” Rocky Mountain Television, Spring 2010
2nd Andy Lightbody “Word Wranglin’ and Wrymin’,” Rocky Mountain Television, Summer 2010

Books and Scripts for TV/Movie/Video

1st Robert Stone Day Hikes Around Los Angeles, Day Hike Books, March 2010
2nd Robert Stone Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara, Day Hike Books, March 2010
3rd Terry Guthrie Photographs in Rabun County, GA and Surrounding Area, February 2011

Newspaper articles/columns/editorials

1st Lee Allen “Rattlesnake Roundup” The New Southwest, October 15, 2010
2nd Lee Allen “The Wild Refuge in our Backyard” The New Southwest, November 15, 2010

3rd Lee Allen “Arizona’s National Scenic Trail” The New Southwest, December 15, 2010

Magazine articles/columns/editorials

1st Wayne Turner “The Rusty Tackle Box and a Big Bass” Lightning Ridge, Feb/Mar 2010

2nd Lee Allen”Nancy Stevens – Blind Since Birth” Women in the Outdoors, Jul/Aug 2010
3rd Lee Allen “An Interview with a Deer Expert” Arizona Wildlife, Sep/Oct 2010

Newsletter Writing of Any Kind

1st Jack Olson “Birth of a Tradition” Rocky Mountain Outdoors, Jan/Feb 2011
2nd Jack Olson “We’re Going to… a Reef?” Rocky Mountain Outdoors, Sep/Oct 2010
3rd Kenita Gibbins “Musings on Ansel Adams” Denver Art Museum Gazette, November 21, 2010

Web Writing

1st Lee Allen “Riding High in the Grand Canyon” Indian Country Today, June 9, 2010
2nd Lee Allen “Junior Jack Kamp,” ESPNOutdoors.com, June 23, 2010
3rd Lee Allen “Arizona Quail Slam,” ESPNOutdoors.com, September 9, 2010